ROME, GA; July 24, 2015 — The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to the 2015 Wings Over North Georgia air show on Saturday, October 3 at Rome’s Russell Regional Airport. They’re celebrating their 82nd anniversary with Anheuser-Busch this year. The Budweiser Clydesdales joins a world-class performer lineup headlining the USAF F-22 Raptor, USN F/A-18 Hornet, USMC MV-22 Osprey and GEICO Skytypers Demonstration Teams along with country music’s hall of fame legend The Charlie Daniels Band. The hitch team will be part of Saturday’s air show opening ceremonies saluting our fans, performers and military veterans in attendance.
The hitch team and red wagon will appear on Saturday at the Russell Regional Airport during the fourth annual Wings Over North Georgia air show & BBQ Classic competition, where fans can interact with the hitch team. The Budweiser Clydesdales were first introduced to the public on April 7, 1933; to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. August A. Busch, Jr. presented the hitch as a gift to his father, August Anheuser Busch, Sr. The hitch proceeded to carry the first case of post-Prohibition beer from the St. Louis brewery in a special journey down Pestalozzi Street in St. Louis.
Today, the traveling hitches are on the road at least 10 months every year based out of St. Louis, Missouri; Merrimack, New Hampshire and Fort Collins, Colorado. There are ten horses that travel on each team. Eight are in harness when performing at any one time and the other two horses provide alternates for the hitch as needed. Several professional handlers accompany each team. Often, one handler has night duty to provide round-the-clock care for the horses.
Transportation for each hitch requires three 50-foot semi transporters. Two units carry the horses; the third unit transports a red, white and gold beer wagon and other team support equipment. The horses’ comfort is enhanced with air-cushion suspension and thick rubber flooring, and cameras in the trailers enable the drivers to watch the horses during transport. The team stops each night at local stables.
An obedience-trained Dalmatian dog also travels with each hitch, a Budweiser tradition since the 1950s. When the team performs today, the Dalmatians sit on the wagon, seated next to the driver. The wagons are Studebaker wagons modified to carry beer, originally manufactured circa 1900.
“When asked what we could do to top last year’s USAF Thunderbirds performance; that was going to be tough, but we have met the challenge with another outstanding line-up of world-class performers, teams and attractions,” said John Cowman, President of JLC AirShow Management. “This addition featuring the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales goes a long way toward accomplishing those ends. We want to thank our Anheuser Busch beverage partner Eagle Rock Distributors for supporting this event and working hard to get the Budweiser Clydesdales here on Saturday to participate in the opening ceremonies at the annual Wings Over North Georgia air show and BBQ Classic competition.”
With a family event of this magnitude, the 2015 advance air show ticket sales are very strong, projecting all premium seating options will sale out early this summer! Fans can take advantage now of the July 20% Discounted advance daily general admission and reserved airport parking tickets now through July 31st! All remaining premium seating and reserved Charlie Daniels Band concert seating options are on sale at www.WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com along with the current list of performers, show information and attractions. The air show can also be found on Facebook & Twitter.